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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I have a set of well worn Goodyear MT/R's that need to be replaced. I love the street handling of them, and they do OK off road, but leave some to be desired. I bought a used set of LTB Bias tires, and while they do good off road, are nearly undriveable (as far as my wife is concerned) on the street. They shake badly (even balanced), and are quite ruff (I know, what do you expect from a bis ply mud tire..). I'm selling those, and looking to replace them with something smoother but still pretty aggressive. The new BFG KM2's look good, but they're so new I don't know what they're like. I also like the Interco SSR's but not sure on the ride quality of those either. I'm open to most ideas, let me know what you think. My wife drives the YJ as often as I do so they can't ride too rough. Something better then MT/Rs and less then LTB's.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:36 AM   #2
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mickey claw radials ride nice and do ok offroad imo
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:41 AM   #3
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Toyo Open Country M/T's. Ride fantastic for an MT. Hard to find for good price tho.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 12:03 PM   #4
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my radail tsl's are good on the road dont shake and are not that loud. they are way better the the ltb's on the road and about as good offroad. let me know about the trade
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 12:05 PM   #5
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I'm running the Pro Comp Xtreme MT's... quite pleased with them and so are others around here that are running them also.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 12:17 PM   #6
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Mickey thompson m/t balanced and ride better then bfg a/t I had.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 09:08 PM   #7
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Those M/T's look nice.

Anyone have any experience with SSR's? Curious how they are.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 09:27 PM   #8
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toyo m/t's awesome tires
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:13 PM   #9
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BFG KM2 are Great for DD wheelers. not too mention there great offroad .
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:21 PM   #10
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Those M/T's look nice.

Anyone have any experience with SSR's? Curious how they are.
look in the product review section. somebody did a review on them
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 07:37 AM   #11
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Those M/T's look nice.

Anyone have any experience with SSR's? Curious how they are.
I had 35" SSR's and I thought they rode great. 70mph no problem!!!! The difference between the radial and a bias tire is huge in my opinion. I have 37 boggers now and they ride like shit on the road!!!!!! That is why I have a set of street tires also.
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The difference between the radial and a bias tire is huge in my opinion.
So even TSL Radials would be a smoother ride?
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 10:07 AM   #13
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So even TSL Radials would be a smoother ride?
I would think so.

Sounds to me like we are looking for simular tires. I want as good of off-road tire as I can get while still being acceptable on road.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 10:13 AM   #14
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Those M/T's look nice.

Anyone have any experience with SSR's? Curious how they are.
I had a set of SSR's on my fullsize and they rode great, and worn very well !

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So even TSL Radials would be a smoother ride?
I had a set on my fullsize and they were even better on the trail, and louder than my SSR's on the pavement.






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i had a set of 35 TSL radials that i let my buddy run on his truck (ext. cab 2500 cummins) and were both pleasantly suprised at how well they went down the road. near the end, one broke a cord and went to crap, but they were probably 5-8 yrs old when i got them 3 yrs ago. i would reccomend them as a decent riding tire, and good performance off road as well. (at least for a radial) im not sure that you would see the same results, as there is a world of difference in tire action between an 8000# truck and a 3000# jeep.

i currently have toyo mt's on my 2500 cummins and have been extremely impressed in ride quality, wear, and balance. i just recently had them switched onto a set of AR teflon wheels, which are about impossible to attach weights to. im running them now with no weights at all. and they drive smooth as silk.

i wouldnt be afraid of a a mickey thompson MTZ, or a cooper STT either, they are both good tires as well.
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I like how my pro comps ride, but every time i put them up against another 33" tire, tehy are always substantially shorter.. happened ever since the day i got them.

seriously considering getting into the kM2's
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I like how my pro comps ride, but every time i put them up against another 33" tire, tehy are always substantially shorter.. happened ever since the day i got them.

seriously considering getting into the kM2's
If you put a Pro Comp and BFG side by side, the Pro Comp will seem shorter and the BFG will seem narrow in comparison. Every manufacturer is a slight bit different from the other.
One thing I did notice on the Pro Comps is where the air pressure is set. For some reason, they like to be run (on the road) at a higher pressure. And that would be my only complaint. To tell the truth, I honestly can't say enough good about them. They're quiet on road... grip awesome off road and as far as wear, I had about 40k on my last set before I sold them (went larger) and they looked like the day I bought them minus the little titties.

http://www.procomptire.com/truck-jee...in-radial.aspx

EDIT: I would rate them up with the Wranglers you had... if not higher.
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I have a set bfg km2 they are awesome street handling, cant even hear them i like them better then street tires there that good on the street no exaggeration and the only tire i can compare to them off road are the toyo open county m/t also an extremely nice tire but are very pricey too
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I have had both procomp tires and BFG's, as well as goodyears and Interco's.

BFG's are OK. I've only seen one set of KM2's, and haven't run them. The set I mounted for a guy balanced out pretty decently, but (and this may be my experience only) IMO the rubber compound BFG utilizes doesn't last long enough when exposed to the elements. I'm not talking about wear, I'm talking about dry rott/UV breakdown/whatever - they crack in the tread portion faster than anything I've ever run. My BFG muds I purchased were cracking within 3 years of purchase, a set of car tires cracked within 2 years, and I know more than a few people through my previous work that have had the same problem with all types of their tires (I used to work as a tech at a shop recommended by tirerack.com - did probably 2000+ tire mounts and numerous rotates/balances); when you spend 600+ on a set of tires, and they have 75% of the tread remaining but crack within 3 years, you tend to get a little frustrated. Whether or not the KM2 will be different, I dunno, but I'll tell you this: I will never ever purchase another tire from BFG. Period.

Goodyears are alright as well - the new silent armor tires are excellent in the wear department, and do great in the snow. But, they're not a hardcore off-road tire, and the sidewall may be a little weak for any "real" offroading.

SSR's will ride much rougher than any of the tires you've considered on the road, but they wear great and kick ass offroad....


But, if it were me, I'd recommend procomp. The set I had wore great, balanced very easily, and rode very nice....they weren't swampers offroad, but if you're more concerned about on-road characteristics I'd suggest these....



EDIT: I edited to suggest balancing your "new" tires with airsoft beads when you get them....it doesn't control vibrations quite as well as actually mounting the tire/rim on a tire balancer, but in my experience it does a good enough job to make the tire ride decent and wear decent....plus, you don't have to get them balanced every 5-10k miles

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I would go with the Cooper stt or the firestone mt both have great reviews.
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